Appleís iTunes Now Selling DRM-Free EMI Music

Published: 2007-05-31
DRM (digital rights management) software has been a staple of legal music downloads since their inception online, but now EMI Music is kicking off the movement to allow customers the option of buying their songs on a section of iTunes called iTunes Plus for $1.29 each instead of the usual 99 cents where music lovers can purchase digital downloads without the DRM software.

The DRM-free versions will be of lesser quality (256kbps instead of the original 128kbps) and cost 30 cents more, but Apple's CEO Steve Jobs remains confident that consumers will respond positively, ""We expect more than half of the songs on iTunes will be offered in iTunes Plus versions by the end of this year."

Consumers are even allowed to upgrade previously purchased iTunes songs to DRM-free versions. While EMI will be excluding the DRM-free deal from their Beatles catalogue, several artists such as Coldplay, The Rolling Stones and Frank Sinatra are all ready to go.

Those who want to purchase the new DRM-free songs option will need to download iTunes 7.2.

Writer: Soul Shine Staff



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